Dusted Wax Kingdom – The Trip-hop Netlabel

(click here to watch on the Vimeo site: http://vimeo.com/rumena/dustedwax)

running time: 17:05 min.

Some people collect records. Mitko is different – he collects artists.
Find out what drives the Dusted Wax Kingdom netlabel and meet one of the people
behind modern Trip-hop in this 17-minute short documentary.

The Dusted Wax Kingdom netlabel, based on the Black Sea coast in Varna, Bulgaria,
has been releasing Trip-hop music for over five years.
Everything they create is shared for free with their listeners,
spreading the love and passion for old-school samples and beats.

Some of them only do it for the fun; others are making great money
out of a new and unique business model.
Find out how they create, why they release their music independently
and what inspires them to keep going.

This is the first ever documentary film about a netlabel, made in Bulgaria.
It is released under a Creative Commons license.

The film looks at the digital phenomenon of netlabels,
using the Dusted Wax Kingdom as a case study.

It features a high quality, free, fully Creative Commons licensed Trip-hop soundtrack
with unique music from the netlabel.

To find out more about the Dusted Wax Kingdom netlabel, visit dustedwax.org

If you enjoyed the film, please share it and help more people find out about this unique music.


My online presence and social media usage

During the last couple of months, I started thinking more critically about my online persona and the way I use the internet and various social media. I also stumbled upon this great TED talk that I want to share here:

The author argues that our online identities can be seen as an extension of our mental selves.

Since social media is a new way of connecting us, a lot of people notice that we behave in a totally different way online as opposed to offline. I personally realised I am curating my online identity very cautiously. Plus, our online self stays there for the others to interact with even while we are not online (quote from the TED talk). So mainaining our digital self is now an integral part of how we are perceived as individuals, both in the online and the ‘real’ life.
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Reflection – Short film session

I didn’t expect us to have such an intense session of short films – but we did.

Film 1. “Flights”: UK by Jamie Stone

This film had a very nice soundtrack, the film itself didn’t have any lines, there were just three or four people starring in it. It was all about the sounds, music, close-up shots and lightning. It had a twisted ending and it could actually go on for ages – it had a looping element – so it not only ended with the same shot as it started with, but it could continue like this forever.

What I learned from it:

  • Films are all about visuals. The less dialogue there is, the better. Lightning, sound, music and camera position are already too many means of expression, and there should really be a big story if you need to add dialogue.
  • Even if you are a one-man army in producing your film, it’s always a good thing to have a list of people in the credits section. They don’t really need to exist, so you can just make up a list of names. It looks unprofessional and kind of antisocial if there is only one name in the credits – it looks as if you have no friends 🙂
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